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Nickolas Miller pleads guilty to 2011 rape, murder of Hope Melton

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Solicitor: Former Chesterfield sheriff’s misconduct jeopardized seeking death penalty

By Chris Sardelli

COLUMBIA – Emotions were raw as the Rev. Frankie Melton sat in a Richland County courtroom and watched as the man who killed his sister-in-law, Hope Melton, pleaded guilty to the brutal 2011 slaying on Wednesday afternoon, March 4.


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